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Holistic Athlete Development (Part 1) Leave a comment Read more »

Holistic Athlete Development (Part 1)

In this series of blogs, I would like to introduce coaches and athletes to a concept that aims to develop players through skills gained and applied outside the usual training and competition environment. The idea is that coaches and athletes should emphasise a stronger requirement…


FRN Narrowly Miss Beating Italy 12-17 at National Pub 7s Leave a comment Read more »

FRN Narrowly Miss Beating Italy 12-17 at National Pub 7s

The FRN “Flair” men’s 7s team narrowly missed beating Italy in a close match that ended 12-17 at the National Pub 7s on 25 August 2013 at Harpenden RFC. This was the 48th National Pub 7s tournament and the team’s second experience at the annual…


Keep Fit Off the Pitch With Dance Leave a comment Read more »

Keep Fit Off the Pitch With Dance

Gavin Henson, Ben Cohen, Matt Dawson, Austin Healey and Martin Offiah have all done it on “Strictly Come Dancing”. Although rugby and dance don’t normally get lumped together in the same conversation, the benefits of using dance to keep fit off the field far out…


Develop Speed and Power (Part I) Leave a comment Read more »

Develop Speed and Power (Part I)

Welcome to the first article of my new rugby fitness blog! In this article, which is part I of a two-part series, I am going to cover a topic which will benefit any rugby player: speed training. There are many gimmicks out there that claim…


Club of the Month: Oxfam Crusaders Leave a comment Read more »

Club of the Month: Oxfam Crusaders

The Oxfam Crusaders (“OC7s”) were formed in 2012 by rugby player Will Affleck and his father, Frank Affleck. The purpose of the team was to compete in one tournament to help raise money for Will’s girlfriend, who was running the London Marathon on behalf of…


Joys of Age-Grade Coaching: Start of a New Season (Part 1) Leave a comment Read more »

Joys of Age-Grade Coaching: Start of a New Season (Part 1)

Five more sleeps! A new season starts on Sunday and for the first time in a few years I’m especially excited and enthusiastic at the prospect, so much so that I’m counting the days just as I hope my players will be. Five more sleeps……


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